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'The Second Mother': EW review

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Aline Arruda

The Second Mother

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
94 minutes
Wide Release Date:
08/28/15
performer:
Regina Case, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas
director:
Anna Muylaert
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

Live-in housekeeper Val (Regina Casé) has cooked, cleaned, and essentially raised her wealthy employers’ teenage son for 13 years in Sao Paulo. But when her own estranged daughter Jessica (Carmila Márdila) comes to live with her, Val starts to reconsider what motherhood really means as her ambitious daughter quickly violates the home’s unspoken class barriers. This Brazilian drama offers a nuanced, often funny look at family and social status, and Casé’s performance is both heartbreaking and hilarious.  A-